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Running Head: AMERICAN REVOLUTION
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1. What significant differences are there between the religious groups of Britain
that settled in America? Why were they unable to form a unified presence in
The early religious groups in the American colonies were diverse and they constituted
of two major groups from the Great Britain that migrated to America; the two groups
included the Puritans and the Quakers. The great religious migration to North America was
inspired by the lack of religious freedom in Britain. The Puritans were also called separatists
and they believed in a pure Christian Church which had no vestige whatsoever on the catholic
religion (North American Creation Movement, 1968)
However, even though the puritans were fleeing religious prosecutions in Britain,
they came to the American colonies and introduced their own prosecutions in the areas they
inhabited. The Quaker religion, on the other hand, exercised religious tolerance, unlike the
puritans. Other religious groups that emerged later in the colonies included the Roman
Catholics, Protestants, Lutherans, Jewish, Presbyterians and the Anglicans (Crandall, 1999).
The two earliest religious groups, the Quakers, and the Puritans had different religious
ideologies and hence they failed to form a Unified Presence in the colonies. On the other
hand, the Catholics were the prosecutors in Britain as they dominated England and they were
the ones that made the Quakers and the Puritans flee in search of religious freedom. For
instance, the Quakers were strongly opposed to the church of England and advocated for
religious tolerance while on the other hand, the Puritans wanted their religion to dominate
America (Williams, 1998).
The Puritans even started prosecuting those who did not conform to their religion,
they even, hanged, fined and banished the people who did not agree with their religion. On
the other hand, the Catholics also came and started an attempt to eradicate all the other
religions in the colonies by replacing all the protestant religions, not forgetting that the
Catholics were strongly detested for the bloodshed they had caused back in Europe.
Therefore, with all these differences, there was no way a united religious front could have
been formed in the colonies as each wanted to dominate the other (Crandall, 1999).
2. Explain the different wars in Europe played out on American Soil (see chart
on p. 112). Why did European events have such a large effect on the colonies?
American soil played a crucial role in facilitating...